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Wolf Among Weeds - Golden Road Brewing

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88
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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 19
Gots: 77 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-07-2012

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Ratings: 424 | Reviews: 56
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Photo of PSU_Mike
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful straw color with a white head and active carb. Nose is a little muted but it's pretty straight forward citrus. Maybe mango and tropical fruit. The flavor is soft and delicate. Citrusy flavors dominate the palette with some light hints of pine showing through. It's very easy to drink and medium bodied. Carb keeps it light and refreshing.

A solid offering. Dangerous to drink as it goes down way too easy.

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Cloudy golden and yellow with a thin, creamy white-head. Fairly sticky with nice retention. Pretty and appropriate.

Very expressive aroma; quite nice. Lots of citrus and mild pine combine nicely. Very aromatic, along with some mild malt sweetness and bread components as well.

Hugely bitter IPA, but it still remains drinkable. Some citrus and pine components mix with the bitterness, along with a little sweetness and bread, but the bitterness is this beer's main calling card. I don't mind the bitterness though, as the complementary flavors balance and linger nicely.

Medium bodied with moderate, creamy carbonation.

Great DIPA in a can. Would be happy to grab this if I was in a pinch and needed some canned hoppy goodness.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bright golden body pours into a nonic pint with no problems. Head is off white layered and luscious forms nicely above the glowing golden body. Aroma hops explode on the nares what a great smell, herbaceous herbal, citric hops, with big juicy ripened pineapple. Flavor full of juicy resinous hops, citrus peel, pineapple juice, even mango with tropical fruit. This is something else really drinkable with incredible hop notes, nothing like this exists on the east coast. Mouthfeel is oily and resinous bringing the dank hop oils with the tropical fruit to soften the blow of the hop bitterness, a bit of alcohol warmth but nothing that is too hot for the palate to enjoy this fine creation. Overall, I'm a huge fan of this beer since my first sip yesterday during a sampling session with wvsabbath to this full pint glass full of all the west coast hop glory.

Photo of LXIXME
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small to maybe medium sized slightly off white head settles to a quarter inch or less of froth covering a thick but not cloudy honey golden colored beer.

Light but very evident citrus style hops aroma.

Light citrus hops with maybe grapefruit coming through more so in the taste, also seems to be some light fresh grasses in the taste as well.

Dryish aftertaste with some of the citrusy lemon tastes hanging around with this lighter medium bodied IPA.

Decent tasting, nothing overwhelm but it has some definite west coast style hops tastes.

Photo of dannydetox
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

my first experience with the latest canned offering from golden road, and i'm still in the weeds as it was. there are qualities i like about this brew, and i certaintainly enjoy some of the folks that work at the tasting room. i'm not totally sold on this as an outstanding representation of the style. pours a hazy orange from the can to pint, but has very little carbonation. i like some of the fruity, floral notes from the hop blend, but it seems to be lacking in the citrus dept. malts start to come through across the palate, offering significant sweetness to the blend; i find this abundance of caramel a bit overpowering for a west coast ipa. finishes with a duel between the malts and some dryness on the very back end. the texture is creamy, and the low carbonation is a turn off to me, personally.

in the end the beer feels a bit sticky for an ipa, even as a double.

Photo of weiserr
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a decent interpretation of the style. The sugary malt might be a bit much for my liking. There are enough decent features from American hops that run the gamut, from tropical to piney, but they are bouncing around the house like a bunch of unsupervised toddlers. Golden Road has untapped promise. @MegGill, please reach out to me.

Give it a try.

Photo of Mongrel
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Pours a hazy, wheaty yellow with nice head and lacing. Looks like one of the new school hazy, unfiltered, farmhouse sort of ales, ala Hills Farmstead and Tired Hands.

S - Nose is hoppy for sure, but in a nondescript sort of way. There's lemon, honey and pine, along with musty wheat.

T - Really crisp and dry, with a touch of rye spice and of course plenty of hops. Hop profile is cool and lemony, with an array of other citrus following it up, along with a hint of tart apple. Honey malt center that's a little boozy, but I don't mind that. Not as big in flavor as say a Heady Topper, which is also 8% ABV, instead it's a little more restrained. I appreciate the honey at the center of this beer the more I come back to it and it may actually be the star of this beer, outshining the hops.

M - Nice cool, soft mouthfeel, with lasting hop bitterness.

Overall, this is a solid, cool, fresh DIPA, as opposed to some of the "danker" versions on the market. Highly enjoyable, but not mind-blowing.

Photo of Bobraines
4.66/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not for the faint of heart or whimpy. Strong pine and hops. Delicious.

Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy burnt orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, a bit of pine. Taste is bitter, hoppy, pine, a bit of citrus, pretty good but not overwhelming. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's ok. It's a bit hot and spicy - though not good "hot and spicy" like Raul's first date with his baby mama. Nah, it's more hot and spicy like your bathroom at 4 AM after a 12 pack of Keystone and a few too many Doritos Locos tacos.

Now, don't get Raul wrong. Like the main man said, it's ok. I'd recommend any playa to try it on their own to form they own opinion. But overall, like That 80's Show, this sucker ain't going into sindication.

Update (10-3-14)

This beer has been revamped and it has highly been improved like Ashlee Simpson post nose job. That jet fuel has been toned down to basic unleaded, while juice has been added making a more pleasant, smooth beer.

Not outstanding, but very good.

Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange colored ale with a small white colored head. Distinctly IPA Orange.

Smells extremely hoppy with lots of citrus aromas. Strong grapefruit and orange with some strong tea aromas. Very much a hophead beer this beer is anything subtle. No subtle scent this is just balls to the wall hops.

Starts out mildly sweet with an Earthly flavor as a start, pretty must the taste of taste buds carpet bombed with hops. Bittersweet flavor with an earthy after taste, the hops level is at the ragged edge of too much.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall what you have here is an IPA made just about as strong as you can make it before becoming just too much. Really this is a brew adored by Hopheads and feared by those whole don't like hops.

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 16 oz. can into Golden Road pint glass.

A: A brilliant golden orange, that's mostly opaque. There's nothing in terms of head at all.

S: In-your-face hop scents permeate from this one the second you pour and it just continues as you drink. Also possesses some great citrus-y notes -- pineapple, in particular.

T: Delivers on the aromas you get up front -- every sip is a burst of hops and citrus that make it incredibly refreshing.

M: Crisp and clean finish with a moderate amount of carbonation. Despite all the hops, it doesn't feel heavy at all.

O: Wolf Among Weeds has become one of my favorite DIPAs over time. When fresh, it's a relatively light, enjoyable drinking experience that has you craving more. In my opinion, it's the best Golden Road has to offer and a great starting point for those trying them out (or coming back into the fold).

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This CANtinues New CANned Beer Sunday (Week 0005?) as I have been ousted from any other endeavors on this day on this site. C'est la guerre!

From the CAN: " With so many outstanding hoppy beers out there, we want to thank you for choosing this tribute to the majestic Humulus Lupulus bine."

Oh man, I got The Doors blasting, the cops are banging on the door, the chicks are flushing the s**t down the toilet as fast as they CAN, pu**y is jumping from the back balcony onto the neighbor's roof and then taking off into the night and I am as cool as a cucumber. "Yes, officers, how may I help you?'

Y'see, when you are the founder and instigator of The CANQuest (TM), you CAN come to expect these kinds of things. It it just that I do not live in a big city and since I put myself on the radar with a write-in run for mayor, I am a fish in a bowl for the time being.

It all started when I heard a huge Crack! I quickly called my Crack ho's and told them that it was a party. My inverted Glug created a finger of dense, tawny foam that fell like a souffle, leaving brilliant lacing in its wake. Color was a hazy amber (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose smelled like death in the form of minty hops and caramel malts. I have smoked, snorted, spiked and drank this evening, but this may be it.

Hey, piggies, get offa me, man! I got s**t to say and do today. The wolf is howling and he ain't real patient. The first sip and I was gone, man. I was up in the hills of Woodland, baby. I'm talking Woodland Hills, 1995, and the chicks are running hot and cold, black and white and tan and all I have to do is reach out my hand and just grab some. Mad Dog knows how to throw a party! I am a "jaded" sailor and yet I have never experienced anything like this, to date. The wolf is howling outside the window, weed is being smoked (although I may not indulge) and Sindee (I swear that she copped to that as her name, officer) is atop me, swaying her pendulous breasts in my face and riding me like Clint Eastwood in a spaghetti western.

Phew! The first hit caught me under the jaw like the jarhead in the P.I. during smokers in 1986. I was a buff, tough muff diver but he caught me in a weak moment and moved my jaw like a typewriter platen being reset and I fell to my knees, pulled off the gloves and walked away, never to box again.

This beer did the same thing. I rocked back, shook off the dust, used my bruised tongue to check what was left of my teeth, what with the enamel having been stripped off of many of them, and reset. "Keep yer mitts up!" MA1 Whitmore, my trainer, shouted in my ear. "You don't wanna lose to some pansy-ass Marine, do ya, ya sad sack o's**t?!?"

The hops were unrelenting, jackhammers upon my teeth, stripping the enamel away, then drilling the f**kers out by the roots, leaving my gums raw and bleeding while my tongue tried to maintain a beachhead against the onslaught. Je**s F**king G*d, who laid this om me? I may never be the same.

I was listening to The Doors on YouTube, which may have been a mistake, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

L. A. was slow to get its brewing together, but it if this is an indication of what they are capable, I may need to revisit. I was blown away by its intensity, yet mellow finish. I hear that they have a decent public trans system now.

Finish was stunning, semi-dry, but now I was finished. L. A has that effect on me.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tallboy 22oz can to an Imperial FW Nonic Glass – canned 05/22/13
Notes taken on 08/24/13

A: Pours a light golden blonde hue with some visible hop haze appearance. My pour produced a fluffy cloud two+ fingers high of bone white that floated for a few minutes and never fully residing. Impressive head is what she said. Swaths of lace paint the glass after each sip.

S: Smells forward with piney hops followed by some sticky green herbs and a touch of grassy florals. There is some underlying sweetness by way of the pale malts to an otherwise hoppy nose. Pretty nice for a 3 month old IPA.

T: Tastes very clean and crisp with a nice hop presence yet restrained bitterness. Pine mixes with tangerines, grass, cedar, and dank herbs. There is a slight bready cracker like maltiness coming through to balance. Overall bitterness is low and the beer is not very resinous with alcohol kept well in check. All in all a nice smooth and hoppy brew.

M: Moderate body leaning towards the lighter side given the smooth and creamy consistency. Carb is almost on the low side it seems. No sharp bitterness nor super dry but with a nice crisp finish and very clean ending.

D: This is a nice DIPA with some very smooth and balanced flavors. Good dank hoppy flavors with no harsh bitterness. Smooth and nice to have but probably does not live up to its own price tag.

Photo of charlzm
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at the brewery on March 20th, 2013. Reviewed from notes. This is the "new recipe" version.

Beer is a clear coppery-orange with a two-finger head. Crown recedes to a small white cap and provides very sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is unfortunately sulfuric (sewer-like). There's also an earthy, grassy note.

The beer is thick with a strong caramel malt character up front. Fairly sweet. Hops are balanced with the malt. Somewhat resiny, piney bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is prickly and creamy. A little parching as well.

A respectable strong IPA, but a double/imperial? Not quite ready to play in that bracket.

Photo of hmph
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in Bridging the Gap BIF from RobL , thanks a ton for the awesome west coast goodies!

A - a reddish brown with a small crisply white head.

S - a rustic citrus with some heavy sweetness to it, smells inviting

T - Sweet, a very earthy taste (think plow to pint style), a good bit of bitterness, with a lingering almost spice kick to it. Yet there is a strong sense of malty sweetness throughout, a burnt caramel or toffee taste

O - Pretty good, not the most outstanding DIPA (Imperial IPA) but a very good beer, very drinkable and easy to finish but there is a very earthy/rustic feel to it

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber color with an off-white head. Nose is somewhat grassy, but good citrus peel, pine, and floral notes. A little bit woody, actually. Some sweet caramel and toffee, which I’ve come to expect from Golden Road. The flavor is lightly bitter with toast, caramel, and toffee malt flavors. Some citrus fruit and peel, light pine, and grassy hop flavors. Not a big fan.

Photo of Hophazzard
4/5  rDev +1.3%

This is a really good beer. Creeps up on you too. My only complaint about this brew is consistancy. From can to can I'm getting different tastes. Maybe it wasn't stored properly. Some have a little skunk in them but definetly worth a try. I'm sure if it was fresher it would be worthy of a higher rating.

Photo of flexabull
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the SF Toronado.

Pours a very light yellow/gold color, hazy, with a small white head. Almost looks like a wit beer.

Aromas are much nicer than the appearance. Bright citrus, floral hops, and some pine notes.

Taste is very similar to the smell. Bright citrus, some grapefruit bitterness that is pretty strong, and a background of light cracker and hard candy sweetness. Finish is quite dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel is full enough, with nice crisp carbonation.

Overall, a pretty nice DIPA. It's a bit different, really bitter, and kind of weird looking, but I was pretty pleased with my glass.

Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

"India Pale Ale." 8.0% ABV confirmed. 16 fl oz aluminum can with detailed but bland label acquired at a local Vons grocery store as part of a cardboard 4 pack and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of no real cream. Disappointingly thin. Retention is above average (~4 minutes) for the ABV. Body colour is a pale vibrant yellow. Transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Standard fare for the style; there's nothing unique or special here. No overt flaws.

Sm: Floral character. Grapefruit citrus fruit ester hop character. Pale malts. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. A mild strength aroma.

T: Pleasant grapefruit citrusy esters up front. It's great for the first act, and then we hit the pale malt body. Problems emerge as untamed bitterness surges at the midpoint and takes until the late third act to die. Not real creamy. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. The pale mount foundation is unobtrusive but also somewhat weak. Lightly nectary. Its biggest flaw is by far its lack of balance. Built decently otherwise. Far from impressive.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit biting. Overcarbonated. Thin up front and too tick towards the back end. Bad presence on the palate. Lightly oily. Not well suited to the flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable for the decently hidden high ABV, but its severe lack of balance really holds it back. The problems get much worse as it warms. Serve this one very cold. It's not bad, but I wouldn't get it again unless it was the only good option at a bar.

Low C+

Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can. Golden yellow with a tiny bit of head. More orange or lemon citrus aroma than pine. Really clean and crisp. Little to no bite back of metallic ipa. Just smooth and clean. Came as an extra in a trade. Liked it very much.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with TopsecretWaffle. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 6/22/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange zest, orange rind, peach, pineapple, tangerine, floral, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/tropical hops with moderate malt; and good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, pineapple, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, citrus rind, pineapple, floral, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops; with a fair amount of malt balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. Good all around balance and complexity of hop flavors with light-moderate malt; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of MARSERdesigns
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

pretty solid IPA

Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A different shade of bright yellow in the Crooked Line tulip. Plenty of suds with a coarse carbonation and below average retention. Big hoppy nose with great aromatics. Light bodied in the mouth.

Brewer claims 80 IBUs and lists a bunch of hops: Galena, Warrior, Cascade, Zythos, Simcoe. Overall the flavors are more tropical fruit. It's quite malty as well as fruity, with a nice spicy tang.

Not very drinkable even for an IPA, but hardened West Coast hop fiends may appreciate the hop overload. It's seems to start out less bitter but learns fast. Thin and quaffable. Crisp and sharp, though it gets overly acidic after some sipping. It's more of a Pale ale that got way out of control. From the 16 oz can bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego for $3.19.

Photo of Bali_hi
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Wolf Among Weeds from Golden Road Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.